Tiger Woods needs to curb his fitness enthusiasm, according to a former swing coach.
“My opinion is he did too much of that. He does a lot of the gym stuff. I know you need to do some for golf, no doubt about it. You need to be in shape, you need to avoid injury, but my opinion is he really overdoes that,” Haney said. “He looks like he’s gained more muscle mass. When he was thinner and younger he was actually faster then. The strength maybe helps you get out of the rough but I’d agree that he’s overdone it. But he loves to work out.”
Haney worked with Woods from 2004-10, during which Woods won 31 PGA Tour events. Haney’s comments came on the heels of Woods’ third-round missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, in which he shot 79.
In leiu of gym time, Haney suggested Woods work on his putting.
“He had five three-putts in 54 holes at Torrey Pines and you’re not going to fix that in the gym. Now Tiger Woods is the best lag putter I’ve ever seen,” Haney said. “For him to go out and three-putt five times at Torrey Pines, I can’t even believe it. There’s just no way that he put in the time on the putting green and practicing. It’s impossible. He’s too good. His stroke is too consistent. He’s too great a putter.”